PEC Zwolle

Founded In
Zwolle, Netherlands

About PEC Zwolle

PEC Zwolle was founded back in 1990, after the team's predecessor closed its doors due to financial difficulties. The original PEC was established in 1910. Initially known as FC Zwolle, the reformed team took on its current name ahead of the 2012-13 season. The full name of the club is: Prins Hendrik Ende Desespereert Nimmer Combinatie Zwolle. Traditionally, Go Ahead Eagles have been viewed as the team's biggest rivals and the two sides contest the IJssel Derby.

Several relegations experienced during the 1980s led to a huge financial crisis at the old club. By the end of the decade, sponsors withdrew their money and PEC could no longer afford to pay their playing staff. They were officially declared bankrupt in 1990. When the club was restarted in the same year, it was decided that they should make a new start and adopt new club colours and a new badge.

The original PEC Zwolle had been on the verge of success several times, including KNVB Cup final appearances in both 1928 and 1977. Their best league performance came in 1979; an 8th place finish in the Eredivisie. Since the club's restart, success has been further from their grasp. However, they did achieve promotion to the top flight at the end of the 2001-02 season and again in 2011-12.

Notable players to play for the old PEC Zwolle included Dutch internationals Johnny Rep, Piet Schrijvers and Kees van Kooten. After the club's re-birth, Bert Konterman, Jaap Stam and Santi Kolk have been amongst the best known players to play for the team.

Since 2008, PEC have played their home matches at the PEC Zwolle Stadion, which officially became known as the IJsseldelta Stadion in July 2012. The ground is capable of holding up to 12,500 fans. Previously, the Oosterenkstadion had served as the club's home.   

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